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Brian Johnson, deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will join Alston & Bird as a partner in March.

Brad Close was named president of the National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business advocacy group. He has been acting president since December when former President Juanita Duggan left the organization. Close was previously senior vice president for public policy.

The Raben Group hired Brandi Colander, former deputy assistant secretary at the Interior Department under former President Obama, as a principal. Colander most recently was head of external relations and diversity and inclusion for Charter Communications and before that was associate vice president of the National Wildlife Federation. Jessica McCall, a former White House and Department of Health and Human Services aide under Obama, was also hired as a principal. Most recently, McCall was vice president of marketing and external affairs at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. 

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Kountoupes Denham Carr & Reid named Adam Hechavarria as a principal. He was legislative director to Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungBipartisan lawmakers want Biden to take tougher action on Nicaragua Senate passes long-delayed China bill Five key parts of the Senate's sweeping China competitiveness bill MORE (R-Ind.) for more than three years and before that was legislative director to ex-Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteSununu seen as top recruit in GOP bid to reclaim Senate Lobbying world Overnight Defense: NATO expanding troops in Iraq MORE (R-N.H.) for more than six years. 

Better Markets announced that Ed Silverman, a policy consultant at TD Bank, will be a senior fellow. He was previously head of government relations for TD Bank, as well as a staff director of the Senate Banking Committee, managing director of RBS Americas, and chief of staff to ex-Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.). 

Scott Riplinger, former legislative director for Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoSenate passes long-delayed China bill To address labor shortages, Congress should try a return-to-work bonus Some US billionaires had years where they paid no taxes: report MORE (R-Idaho), is now a partner at CGCN Group. Alex Renjel, former aide to Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden floats infrastructure, tax concessions to GOP Overnight Defense: Pentagon pitches 5B budget | Kamala Harris addresses US Naval Academy graduates Pentagon pitches 5B budget with cuts to older weapons MORE (R-Okla.), was also named vice president.  

David Clunie was named executive director of the Black Economic Alliance, a nonpartisan group of business leaders. He most recently was managing director of senior corporate responsibility engagement at JPMorgan Chase and before that was an aide to former President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis On The Money: Senate confirms Yellen as first female Treasury secretary | Biden says he's open to tighter income limits for stimulus checks | Administration will look to expedite getting Tubman on bill Sorry Mr. Jackson, Tubman on the is real MORE.